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a hurricane watch as well from rehoboth beach down, essentially uh, to the virginia, north carolina border. that's a hurricane watch and also a tropical storm uh, warning. so, a no mandatory evacuations in virginia beach just yet, but plenty of people are clearing out of the way. bruce leshan is live down in ocean front, bruce? >> reporter: hey, topper, this family is among those who are not clearing out. check it out. they're about to get married right down here on the beach. they say you're lucky your major is lucky if you get married when it rains and they said they must have hit the lottery. >> like shakespeare, captain mark hodges figures discretion is part of valor. he's planning to ride out earl on dry land. >> 60 miles, you know, would be very risky if you break down, nobody's going to want to come get you and you're stuck out there in the middle of a hurricane. i'd be sunk by midnight, probably. >> thousands of tourists are packing up the kids and boogie boards and leaving the ocean front early. >> we're heading back to indiana one day early. we're going to skip out one day. >> do
a bit, virginia beach is less than 100 miles from earl's approach of land and it escaped the high winds and flooding that hit the outer banks. >> still a light drizzle here in virginia beach but we are expecting the sun shortly. they are taking stock of the damage one tree down, eight people without power, no major flooding. call it dancing with earl. even at 3:00 a.m., people were out romancing the storm. in the dark, winds gusted to a high of maybe 20 miles an hour. the rain just sprinkled down. at daybreak, the adventurers took to the beach, even waltzing in the water. awed by the waves and imagine imagine industry that skirted the ocean front to offer a cares reinstead of a punch. >> it is something magic about being out there. >> very fresh. don't get it all the time. the wind feels great. >> reporter: by 7:30, the wind had shifted. earl was sucking it back out that way, and if you look at the swells, you can see how the wind was blowing the foam out to sea. the wind blew northeast in gusts as high as 40 miles an hour. the biggest threat now the waves an the tide which may eat up p
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